start (n.)
advantage, edge, upper hand
JC I.ii.130[Cassius to Brutus, of Caesar] it doth amaze me / A man of such a feeble temper should / So get the start of the majestic world
MV II.ii.5[Launcelot alone, of his conscience to himself] use your legs, take the start, run away
MW V.v.159[Falstaff to all] You have the start of me
TNK II.ii.8[Arcite alone] Palamon, / Thou hast the start now
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